Digital Dental X-Rays
Periodic dental x-rays allow our dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Decay can hide underneath your enamel or just below the gumline, making it impossible to detect with just a visual dental exam.
Dental x-rays are an essential part of preventive dentistry. We will recommend them periodically to rule out any problems. If you are at minimal risk to dental decay and gum disease, Dr. Foster is happy to recommend an extended x-ray schedule as an alternative to the annual schedule recommended by the American Dental Association.
We Use an Ultra-Safe Digital Dental X-Ray System
Dental x-rays in and of themselves are not a significant source of radiation. In fact, enjoying an hour of beautiful Colorado sunshine exposes you to more radiation than your check-up radiographs.
At Foster Family Dental, we take every precaution to reduce radiation to a level that is as low as reasonable acceptable. Using double-leaded protective vests with circumferential thyroid collars and digital x-ray sensors, we have drastically reduced patients’ exposure to radiation in comparison to years past.
Dental professionals can only see 60 percent of your tooth structure and 0 percent of the supporting bone without x-rays. The dental and periodontal problems associated with NOT getting recommended x-rays are far riskier than the negligible amount of radiation to which you are exposed.
What Makes Digital Dental X-Rays Different?
By implementing the use of digital dental x-rays in our office, we obtain the highest resolution digital images available. This allows our dentist to gain a more accurate analysis of the condition of your teeth as well as your periodontal and bone health.
By taking a proactive approach to your dental care, we are able to prevent many common dental conditions that lead to root canal treatment, painful emergencies, and even tooth loss.
How Digital X-Rays Work
We will place a small digital sensor in your mouth adjacent to the tooth or teeth we wish to capture. Our team will activate the x-ray machine, and in just a second or two, we will have a picture of the target area.
We will move the digital sensor around to each section of your mouth to obtain images of each tooth.
Benefits of Digital Dental X-Rays
Because the images we capture are sent to our treatment room monitors, Dr. Foster can bring them up on the screen for immediate review. This is especially important when diagnosing emergency dental conditions. That way, you do not have to wait for an answer and we can work quickly to relieve any discomfort you are experiencing.
Digital images allow us to zoom in, adjust exposure, and modify the contrast of each image, so our dentist always has the most accurate information about your oral health and can provide you with the best dental care possible.
Contact Us if It Is Time for Your Next Dental Exam
Give us a call and we will find a time that works for you. Our friendly and professional team looks forward to welcoming you to our dental office.